Milwaukee 120 Phoenix 100 (Suns lead series 2 – 1)
Indiana 79 Atlanta 68
Las Vegas 95 Dallas 79
Connecticut 71 New York 54
Seattle 82 Phoenix 75
Minnesota 86 Los Angeles 61
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Philadelphia 5 Boston 4
Chicago White Sox 7 Baltimore 5 (10)
Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 1
Minnesota 12 Detroit 9 (10)
Houston 8 NY Yankees 7
Oakland 4 Texas 1
LA Angels 7 Seattle 1
Kansas City at Cleveland postponed
Pittsburgh 6 NY Mets 5
Miami 7 Atlanta 4
Cincinnati 3 Milwaukee 1
San Francisco 3 Washington 1
LA Dodgers 7 Arizona 4
Colorado 3 San Diego 1
Yesterday’s Top Performers
David Fletcher (LAA): 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
Kyle Tucker (HOU): 2-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R, 2 SB
Andrew Vaughn (CHW): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
Dansby Swanson (ATL): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Rodolfo Castro (PIT): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Jorge Polanco (MIN): 3-6, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB
Max Muncy (LAD): 3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Matt Olson (OAK): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Mookie Betts (LAD): 3-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R
Ronald Torreyes (PHI): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB
Robbie Ray (TOR): 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 85 GmSc
Chris Bassitt (OAK): 7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 67 GmSc
Kevin Gausman (SFG): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 66 GmSc
Jon Gray (COL): 6.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 66 GmSc
Jose Suarez (LAA): 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 61 GmSc
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis at Columbus postponed
Fort Wayne 7 Lake County 4
South Bend 7 Beloit 6
|John Deere Classic|
|Jul. 8-11, TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Illinois|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Round 4||Total||Thru|
|1||Lucas Glover||68||63||70||64||-19 (265)||F|
|2t||Ryan Moore||65||66||68||68||-17 (267)||F|
|2t||Kevin Na||67||66||66||68||-17 (267)||F|
|4t||Scott Brown||69||67||63||69||-16 (268)||F|
|4t||Luke List||66||63||71||68||-16 (268)||F|
|4t||Sebastian Munoz||63||67||67||71||-16 (268)||F|
|4t||Adam Schenk||67||64||70||67||-16 (268)||F|
|8t||Hank Lebioda||64||69||71||65||-15 (269)||F|
|8t||Seamus Power||68||67||68||66||-15 (269)||F|
|8t||Brian Stuard||69||67||66||67||-15 (269)||F|
|11t||Cameron Champ||66||68||65||71||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Russell Henley||67||66||69||68||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Patton Kizzire||69||67||69||65||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Sean O’Hair||69||68||65||68||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Cameron Percy||70||68||67||65||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Harold Varner III||67||67||70||66||-14 (270)||F|
|11t||Jhonattan Vegas||67||66||67||70||-14 (270)||F|
|18t||Jason Dufner||68||65||68||70||-13 (271)||F|
|18t||Doug Ghim||66||67||70||68||-13 (271)||F|
|18t||Brandon Hagy||67||64||67||73||-13 (271)||F|
|18t||Maverick McNealy||71||64||65||71||-13 (271)||F|
|18t||Chez Reavie||64||67||69||71||-13 (271)||F|
|23t||Rafa Cabrera Bello||70||66||66||70||-12 (272)||F|
|23t||Charles Howell III||71||67||67||67||-12 (272)||F|
|23t||Adam Long||70||65||64||73||-12 (272)||F|
|23t||Patrick Rodgers||67||65||70||70||-12 (272)||F|
|23t||Kevin Tway||66||69||73||64||-12 (272)||F|
|28t||Will Gordon||68||68||68||69||-11 (273)||F|
|28t||Jim Herman||68||66||71||68||-11 (273)||F|
|28t||Martin Laird||68||68||69||68||-11 (273)||F|
|28t||Henrik Norlander||67||69||69||68||-11 (273)||F|
|28t||Chase Seiffert||68||63||71||71||-11 (273)||F|
|28t||Nick Taylor||67||65||71||70||-11 (273)||F|
|34t||Daniel Berger||69||68||67||70||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Michael Gellerman||66||71||69||68||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Rhein Gibson||69||67||68||70||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Chesson Hadley||63||68||72||71||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Zach Johnson||68||68||67||71||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Mito Pereira||70||68||68||68||-10 (274)||F|
|34t||Vaughn Taylor||69||66||68||71||-10 (274)||F|
|41t||Scott Harrington||68||67||68||72||-9 (275)||F|
|41t||Mark Hubbard||68||68||71||68||-9 (275)||F|
|41t||Kyle Stanley||68||68||71||68||-9 (275)||F|
|41t||Steve Stricker||70||66||68||71||-9 (275)||F|
|41t||Michael Thompson||68||68||72||67||-9 (275)||F|
|41t||Camilo Villegas||64||71||67||73||-9 (275)||F|
|47t||Bo Hoag||70||67||68||71||-8 (276)||F|
|47t||Sungjae Im||68||67||69||72||-8 (276)||F|
|47t||Alex Smalley||67||67||71||71||-8 (276)||F|
|50t||David Hearn||70||65||69||73||-7 (277)||F|
|50t||John Huh||68||70||69||70||-7 (277)||F|
|50t||Matthew NeSmith||69||69||70||69||-7 (277)||F|
|50t||Wes Roach||68||68||70||71||-7 (277)||F|
|50t||Nick Watney||70||66||72||69||-7 (277)||F|
|55t||Cameron Davis||67||69||73||69||-6 (278)||F|
|55t||Tom Lewis||69||68||70||71||-6 (278)||F|
|55t||Scott Stallings||68||69||70||71||-6 (278)||F|
|58t||Peter Malnati||72||66||72||69||-5 (279)||F|
|58t||Rob Oppenheim||69||66||73||71||-5 (279)||F|
|58t||Sam Ryder||67||70||72||70||-5 (279)||F|
|58t||D.J. Trahan||68||68||72||71||-5 (279)||F|
|62t||John Senden||74||63||72||71||-4 (280)||F|
|62t||Shawn Stefani||74||64||71||71||-4 (280)||F|
|64t||Brian Gay||69||68||72||72||-3 (281)||F|
|64t||Andrew Landry||70||67||71||73||-3 (281)||F|
|64t||Willie Mack III||70||66||72||73||-3 (281)||F|
|64t||J.J. Spaun||67||71||69||74||-3 (281)||F|
|68||Greg Chalmers||69||65||75||73||-2 (282)||F|
|69t||Scott Piercy||70||67||72||75||E (284)||F|
|69t||Aaron Wise||72||64||74||74||E (284)||F|
|71||Roger Sloan||70||64||74||77||+1 (285)||F|
|72||Ted Potter, Jr.||70||68||74||75||+3 (287)||F|
|Marathon Classic presented by Dana|
|Jul. 8-11, Highland Meadows Golf Club, Sylvania, Ohio|
|Rank||Name||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3||Total||Thru|
|1||Nasa Hataoka||61||69||64||-19 (194)||F|
|2t||Mina Harigae||66||66||68||-13 (200)||F|
|2t||Elizabeth Szokol||67||66||67||-13 (200)||F|
|4||Esther Henseleit||70||64||67||-12 (201)||F|
|5t||Austin Ernst||69||67||66||-11 (202)||F|
|5t||Caroline Masson||68||68||66||-11 (202)||F|
|5t||Yuka Saso||71||67||64||-11 (202)||F|
|5t||Amy Yang||67||70||65||-11 (202)||F|
|9t||Danielle Kang||70||65||68||-10 (203)||F|
|9t||Jennifer Kupcho||69||65||69||-10 (203)||F|
|9t||Stacy Lewis||68||70||65||-10 (203)||F|
|9t||Brittany Lincicome||67||69||67||-10 (203)||F|
|9t||Gerina Piller||69||65||69||-10 (203)||F|
|9t||Jasmine Suwannapura||68||67||68||-10 (203)||F|
|15t||Matilda Castren||66||69||69||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Ssu-Chia Cheng||66||70||68||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Ariya Jutanugarn||66||69||69||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Megan Khang||68||67||69||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Leona Maguire||69||68||67||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Su-Hyun Oh||69||67||68||-9 (204)||F|
|15t||Lauren Stephenson||65||69||70||-9 (204)||F|
|22t||Brittany Altomare||69||68||68||-8 (205)||F|
|22t||Chella Choi||68||66||71||-8 (205)||F|
|22t||Perrine Delacour||69||69||67||-8 (205)||F|
|22t||Andrea Lee||71||67||67||-8 (205)||F|
|22t||Inbee Park||71||67||67||-8 (205)||F|
|22t||Jennifer Song||67||72||66||-8 (205)||F|
|28t||Celine Boutier||71||71||64||-7 (206)||F|
|28t||Alison Lee||67||66||73||-7 (206)||F|
|28t||Esther Lee||76||64||66||-7 (206)||F|
|28t||Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras||73||68||65||-7 (206)||F|
|28t||Alana Uriell||70||66||70||-7 (206)||F|
|33t||Sarah Burnham||70||70||67||-6 (207)||F|
|33t||Carlota Ciganda||70||71||66||-6 (207)||F|
|33t||Sarah Schmelzel||71||70||66||-6 (207)||F|
|33t||Linnea Strom||68||69||70||-6 (207)||F|
|37t||Pajaree Anannarukarn||69||69||70||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Brooke Henderson||70||70||68||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Nuria Iturrioz||75||67||66||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Christina Kim||68||67||73||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Bronte Law||73||66||69||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Yealimi Noh||66||73||69||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Pornanong Phatlum||69||70||69||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Mel Reid||69||72||67||-5 (208)||F|
|37t||Paula Reto||73||65||70||-5 (208)||F|
|46t||Ana Belac||69||70||70||-4 (209)||F|
|46t||Cheyenne Knight||69||71||69||-4 (209)||F|
|46t||Lee Lopez||70||68||71||-4 (209)||F|
|46t||Azahara Munoz||69||70||70||-4 (209)||F|
|50t||Gemma Dryburgh||70||69||71||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Celine Herbin||72||66||72||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Caroline Inglis||70||71||69||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Haeji Kang||71||71||68||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Cristie Kerr||68||72||70||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Jessica Korda||70||69||71||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Mi Hyang Lee||72||69||69||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Mo Martin||70||70||70||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Elizabeth Nagel||69||73||68||-3 (210)||F|
|50t||Bianca Pagdanganan||71||71||68||-3 (210)||F|
|60t||Jenny Coleman||71||69||71||-2 (211)||F|
|60t||Lauren Coughlin||68||72||71||-2 (211)||F|
|60t||Katherine Kirk||71||71||69||-2 (211)||F|
|60t||Pavarisa Yoktuan||73||66||72||-2 (211)||F|
|64t||Jennifer Chang||72||70||70||-1 (212)||F|
|64t||Sarah Kemp||70||72||70||-1 (212)||F|
|64t||Jeong Eun Lee||71||70||71||-1 (212)||F|
|64t||Kris Tamulis||72||67||73||-1 (212)||F|
|64t||Albane Valenzuela||71||70||71||-1 (212)||F|
|69t||Lindy Duncan||70||71||72||E (213)||F|
|69t||Muni He||70||67||76||E (213)||F|
|69t||Mirim Lee||67||75||71||E (213)||F|
|69t||So Yeon Ryu||72||67||74||E (213)||F|
|69t||Jing Yan||72||70||71||E (213)||F|
|74t||A Lim Kim||68||69||77||+1 (214)||F|
|74t||Yujeong Son||72||70||72||+1 (214)||F|
|76||Min Lee||68||73||74||+2 (215)||F|
|77||Jaye Marie Green||71||71||75||+4 (217)||F|
|78||Vicky Hurst||70||72||76||+5 (218)||F|
|Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart|
|In-Race Results (245 of 260 Laps)|
|3||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Toyota||5|
|37||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||Chevrolet||16|
20 Slams! Djokovic wins Wimbledon to tie Federer, Nadal
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) The Wimbledon final was locked up at a set apiece after nearly 2 1/2 hours, and Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title was at a critical juncture, when he faced two break points while thousands in the full-capacity crowd at Centre Court chanted his opponent’s first name.
Bothered, perhaps, by the challenge he was facing between the lines Sunday, and, perhaps, by the support being thrown behind Matteo Berrettini, and, perhaps, by the weight of the milestone he was pursuing, Djokovic shrugged all of that off and steeled himself, as he’s done so many times at so many moments on so many stages.
On each of the next two points, Djokovic, known for his baseline supremacy, charged forward. On each, Berrettini’s passing attempt found the net. After the second, Djokovic stared into the stands and pointed to his ear, then waved his racket. He got what he wanted; a chorus of his nickname broke out: “No-le! No-le!” Two points later, when he grabbed the game with a 118 mph ace, Djokovic put his racket behind an ear, heard more noise, nodded and smiled.
An hour later, the match was finished – Djokovic won 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 – and so, too, was his stated desire to equal the total of major championships collected by his biggest rivals, Roger Federer (who reached 20 in 2018) and Rafael Nadal (who did it last year). No other male tennis player has more than 14.
Djokovic, of course, wants more.
“I consider myself best, and I believe that I am the best, otherwise I wouldn’t be talking confidently about winning Slams and making history,” said Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia who is ranked No. 1 and has spent more weeks in that top spot than any other man. “But whether I’m the greatest of all time or not, I leave that debate to other people.”
It is a popular topic, certainly. And every member of the so-called Big Three has his supporters. This season might tilt the balance in Djokovic’s favor in the minds of those yet to be convinced.
Already the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the first three major tournaments in a year, Djokovic will take aim at a true calendar Grand Slam at the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 30. Only two men – Don Budge in the 1930s and Laver twice in the 1960s – have gone 4-for-4.
“I’m going to definitely give it a shot,” Djokovic told the Centre Court crowd during the trophy presentation. “I’m in a great form and obviously playing well. … So let’s keep it going.”
He earned a third consecutive championship at the All England Club and sixth overall. Those go alongside nine at the Australian Open, three at the U.S. Open and two at the French Open.
“I have to pay a great tribute to Rafa and Roger. They are legends. Legends of our sport. They are the two most important players that I ever faced in my career,” Djokovic said. “They are, I think, the reason that I am where I am today. They’ve helped me realize what I need to do in order to improve, to get stronger mentally, physically, tactically.”
Federer and Nadal both tweeted their congratulations.
This was Djokovic’s 30th major final – among men, only Federer has played more, 31 – and the first for Berrettini, a 25-year-old from Italy who was seeded No. 7.
“Hopefully,” Berrettini said, “it’s not going be my last one.”
It was a big sporting day in London for his country: Italy’s soccer team faced England at Wembley Stadium in the European Championship final at night.
With Marija Cicak officiating, the first female chair umpire for a men’s final at a tournament that began in 1877, play began as the sun made a rare appearance during the fortnight, the sky visible in between the clouds.
The opening game featured signs of edginess from both, but especially Djokovic, whose pair of double-faults contributed to the half-dozen combined unforced errors. He faced a break point but staved it off.
“Definitely,” Djokovic acknowledged, “felt slightly more nervous than I usually feel.”
The 6-foot-5, barrel-chested Berrettini’s powerful serves sent line judges contorting to get their head out of harm’s way. Djokovic occasionally took cover himself, crouching and raising his racket as if it were a shield to block back serves aimed at his body.
Not many opponents manage to return serves at 137 mph and end up winning the point, but Djokovic did that at least twice. And the big forehands Berrettini drives past most other players kept coming back off Djokovic’s racket.
“I didn’t play badly because I didn’t feel well,” Berrettini said. “He made me play badly.”
That’s what Djokovic does: He forces foes to work so hard to win every point, let alone a game, a set, a match.
Indeed, this one could have been over much sooner: Djokovic led 4-1 in the first set, 4-0 in the second and 3-1 in the third. But in the first, he faltered, wasting a set point at 5-2, getting broken when he served for it at 5-3, then dropping four of the tiebreaker’s last five points.
When Berrettini closed it out with a 138 mph ace, he shouted – but said later he couldn’t hear his own roar because of the how loud many of the 15,000 spectators were.
But Djokovic is nothing if not a fighter. He blunted Berrettini’s best efforts and won the fans over, too. When it was over, Djokovic dropped to his back on the turf, arms and legs splayed, showered by cheers. Moments later, he rose, threw his head back, spread his arms and basked in the joint appreciation of his accomplishment.
As Berrettini put it: “He’s writing the history of this sport, so he deserves all the credit.”
It was an entertaining final, with some magical points. On one, Berrettini conjured up a ‘tweener lob that Djokovic tracked down with his own-back-to-the-court flick that wound up in the net. On another, Djokovic slid into a keep-the-point-going defensive backhand and, after Berrettini replied with a drop shot, sprinted forward for a winner. Djokovic raised his index finger – as if to remind everyone, “I’m No. 1!” – and Berrettini flipped his racket end over end, caught it and smiled.
What more could he do?
Not much anyone can do against Djokovic, it seems.
He has won eight of the past 12 majors – all since turning 30. And for all of the questions about when the younger generation would step forward, Djokovic is singlehandedly holding off the kids.
In this year’s three majors, he is 21-0, with victories in finals over Daniil Medvedev, 25, in Australia, Stefanos Tsitsipas, 22, in France, and now Berrettini, 25.
On Sunday, Djokovic made merely 21 unforced errors, while accumulating 31 winners.
Djokovic’s returns are as good as anyone’s, ever. His two-handed backhand is a constant threat. His ability to anticipate and reach shots is remarkable. And he does whatever it takes: Djokovic won 34 of 48 points when he went to the net, 7 of 9 when he serve-and-volleyed.
What sets him apart above all is a quality stats can’t trace: “The ability to cope with pressure,” he called it.
When the tension and heart rate ratchet up, Djokovic is either impervious to that sort of thing – or plays as if he is.
It’s the experience. The grit and guts. The talent and hard work.
This has been a year of dominance by Djokovic, on top of a decade of success.
“The last 10 years has been an incredible journey,” he said, “that is not stopping here.”
Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout
LONDON (AP) Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on.
And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout.
Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time.
Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England’s third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium.
It was less than four years ago that the Italians plunged to the lowest moment of its soccer history by failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Now, they are the best team in Europe and on a national-record 34-match unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini, their suave coach.
England was playing in its first major final in 55 years. It’s the latest heartache in shootouts at major tournaments, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012.
England went ahead in the second minute when Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in a European Championship final. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th.
Saka, a 19-year-old Londoner, was embraced by several England players after his miss. England coach Gareth Southgate hugged Jadon Sancho, who missed the previous England penalty, while Marcus Rashford – the other one to miss – walked off down the tunnel.
Sancho and Rashford had been brought on in the final minute of extra time, seemingly as specialist penalty takers.
Donnarumma was in tears as he was embraced by his teammates as they sprinted toward him from the halfway line, where they watched the second penalty shootout in a European Championship final.
They then headed to the other end of the field and ran as one, diving to the ground in front of their own fans.
It was Italy’s second continental title after 1968, to add to the country’s four World Cups.
That the match went to extra time – like three of the six European finals before it – was not unexpected, given both semifinals also went the distance and the defensive solidity of both the teams.
In fact, Italy’s famously robust defense was only really opened up once in the entire 90 minutes and that resulted in Shaw’s goal, a half-volley that went in off the near post from Kieran Trippier’s cross.
It was Shaw’s first goal for England and it prompted a fist-pump between David Beckham and Tom Cruise in the VIP box amid an explosion of joy around Wembley.
The fact that it was set up by Trippier, a full back recalled to the team as part of a change of system to a 3-4-3 for the final, would have brought extra satisfaction to Southgate.
Then, England barely saw the ball for the rest of the game.
Italy’s midfielders dominated possession, started playing their pretty passing routines and England resorted to getting nine or even all 10 outfield players behind the ball. It was reminiscent of the 2018 World Cup semifinals, when England also scored early against Croatia then spent most of the game chasing its opponent’s midfield.
Initially, the Italians could only muster long-range efforts but the equalizer arrived from much closer in.
A right-wing corner was flicked on at the near post, Marco Verratti had a stooping header tipped onto the post by Pickford, and Bonucci put the ball in from close range.
Still, England managed to hold on for extra time and actually had the better of the final stages.
Just not the shootout, again.
Bucks blowout: Giannis has 41, Suns’ NBA Finals lead now 2-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) When Giannis Antetokounmpo crashed to the court just two weeks ago with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, there was no guarantee he’d be back this season.
Maybe, he feared, he might even miss a year.
Antetokounmpo refused to stay down.
These Milwaukee Bucks just won’t, either.
Antetokounmpo had 41 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in the NBA Finals’ return to Milwaukee, and the Bucks pounded Phoenix 120-100 on Sunday night, cutting the Suns’ lead to 2-1.
“We knew what kind of game this was going to be,” Antetokounmpo said. “We knew that if we lose the game you’re in the hole.”
Instead, the Bucks started climbing out of one.
The first NBA Finals game in Milwaukee since 1974 went to the home team in a romp, with Antetokounmpo and the bigger Bucks overwhelming the smallish Suns to the tune of a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points.
Game 4 is Wednesday night, with the series guaranteed to go back to Phoenix afterward.
“I said it after last game. This team’s not going to give in. They’re going to keep playing all the way through,” Suns star Devin Booker said. “So we have to bring that same effort that we had in the first two games and I think we’ll be in good shape.”
Antetokounmpo, who missed the last two games of the Eastern Conference finals because of a hyperextended left knee and was no sure thing to even be ready to start this series, followed up his 42-point, 12-rebound performance in Game 2 by doing it all again – even making his free throws this time.
Back in front of his own fans and free of the loud counts he’s been hearing on the road, Antetokounmpo went 13 of 17 at the line. With two straight 40-point games in the NBA Finals, he’s halfway to Michael Jordan’s record – set against the Suns.
Chris Paul had 19 points and nine assists, but the Suns got next to nothing from his star backcourt mate. Booker shot 3 for 14, scoring just 10 points.
Jrue Holiday bounced back from two poor games in Phoenix with five 3-pointers and 21 points to get the Bucks going again onto the comeback trail, having already overcome one 2-0 deficit in this postseason. Khris Middleton added 18.
“We all hate to lose and we know the ultimate goal,” Holiday said.
Fans broke out their “Bucks in 6! Bucks in 6!” chant as Milwaukee started to pull away in the first half and then again as the benches emptied with the final minutes.
The Bucks are seeking their second NBA title and hadn’t even played for one in 47 years. They grabbed control of this game by outscoring Phoenix 30-9 over the last nine minutes of the second quarter, then ending the third with a 16-0 finish.
Fans began making their way to the Deer District outside the arena in the middle of the afternoon, with so many fans decked out in green that Fiserv Forum felt more like Fiserv Forest.
They didn’t get to cheer as much as they wanted early after a strong start by the Suns, who got 12 points from Deandre Ayton in the opening period. But Ayton was hampered by foul trouble and the Bucks soon ran past and kept right on going.
Antetokounmpo had seven straight points to finish a 9-0 run in the second that gave Milwaukee a six-point lead, and after Phoenix scored four straight, the Bucks took off again on a 16-3 run.
Bobby Portis had the last two baskets in the half, finishing off a pretty fast break with a dunk for one of them, and it was 60-45 at the break.
The lead was 13 with under eight minutes left in the third when Cam Johnson took a pass near midcourt with an open path to the basket. P.J. Tucker tried to step in but was too late, and Johnson threw it down over him while drawing the foul.
That triggered a 14-5 run that cut it to 74-70 and seemed to have the Suns back into the game. Just as quickly, they were out of it again.
Holiday made two 3-pointers in the next minute and Milwaukee pushed the lead back to nine, and by the end of the third it had ballooned to 98-76.
The Bucks, who lost the first two games against Brooklyn in the second round, avoided falling into a 3-0 hole from which no NBA team has escaped.
They limited the Suns to nine 3-pointers after Phoenix hit 20 in its Game 2 victory.
Ayton and Jae Crowder each had 18 points for the Suns. But Mikal Bridges, who had a career playoff-high 27 in Game 2, took only four shots and had four points.
Hammon: ‘I knew I was 2nd’ during Blazers’ head coaching search
The Portland Trail Blazers interviewed Becky Hammon for their head coaching vacancy twice this offseason, but the San Antonio Spurs assistant was well aware the organization preferred Chauncey Billups throughout the process.
“I knew I was second; I knew who they wanted. And I’m okay with that, because every race I’ve gotten into my entire life, I’ve been behind, and I’m okay with that,” Hammon told CNBC’s Jabari Young.
“And that’s just how it is – but at the same time, I’m not ignorant to what I’m going up against.”
Hammon doesn’t hold any resentment toward the Blazers for their decision. She believes the club was “authentic” in how it went about its business and remains determined to earn an NBA bench boss role.
“I’m not mad,” Hammon said. “This is the business, and it’s a very competitive business. But, at the end of the day, throw everything out the window – if you want to hire me, you’ll find a reason to hire me. And if you don’t want to hire me, you’ll find that reason, too. And that’s just that.”
Hammon, who joined Gregg Popovich’s staff in 2014 after an illustrious 16-season WNBA career that included six All-Star selections, was the second female coach in league history at the time of her hiring.
The 44-year-old made history in December 2020 as the first woman to act as head coach during an NBA contest.
Magic finalize hiring of Mavs assistant Mosley as head coach
(AP) — Jamahl Mosley has agreed to become the new coach of the Orlando Magic, the team announced Sunday, giving the longtime NBA assistant his first chance at running his own club.
Mosley replaces Steve Clifford, who left Orlando by mutual agreement after three seasons and two playoff appearances. He becomes the 14th coach in Magic history – 15th if including Billy Donovan, who was hired by the Magic but never coached a game, instead returning to his job at the time with the Florida Gators.
The 42-year-old Mosley has spent the last 15 years as an assistant in Denver, Cleveland and Dallas. The last seven seasons were with the Mavericks, and his name has been discussed as a candidate in coaching searches for some time.
“Congrats my guy,” Mavericks star Luka Doncic tweeted.
Most recently, Mosley was with USA Basketball last week in Las Vegas as an assistant coach for the national Select Team – the group brought in to practice against the team that will represent the U.S. at the Tokyo Games. Mosley worked in Las Vegas under Miami coach Erik Spoelstra; they’ll now become division rivals in the NBA with Mosley taking over the Magic.
“We would like to welcome Jamahl and his family to the Magic family,” said Jeff Weltman, president of basketball operations. “Within the NBA coaching community, Jamahl is considered a rising star. His coaching path is rooted in player development. He is a communicator and connector, and we look forward to him leading our group.”
Mosley will oversee a rebuilding project in Orlando. The Magic finished 21-51 this season, trading away Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier during the season to acquire young players and draft picks, and they hold two of the top eight picks in this year’s draft.
Mosley’s hiring gives the NBA 11 Black coaches out of 28 filled jobs right now, with Washington and New Orleans still vacant. Orlando is one of nine teams that has changed or will change coaches since the start of the 2020-21 season.
Mosley is the fifth Black coach to be hired in recent weeks, joining Boston’s Ime Udoka, Portland’s Chauncey Billups, Dallas’ Jason Kidd and Atlanta’s Nate McMillan – who was promoted from his role as the Hawks’ interim coach.
The Magic said they plan to introduce Mosley formally on Monday.
PURDUE’S IVEY LEADS FIBA USA U19 TEAM
Jaden Ivey and Caleb Furst helped lead the U19 USA team to a gold medal as Team USA rallied to beat France 83-81 in Sunday’s championship game.
Ivey scored 16 as the U.S. outscored France 18-13 down the stretch.
Furst finished with four points and four rebounds.
Meanwhile, Zach Edey finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in Canada’s victory over Serbia 101-92 for third place.
4 arrested, guns seized at hotel near All-Star Game events
DENVER (AP) Four people have been arrested and more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been seized at a downtown Denver hotel that is close to several events planned in conjunction with the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Officers responding to a tip searched two rooms at the Maven Hotel, a block from Coors Field, on Friday night. Three men and a woman in their 40s were arrested, and two vehicles were impounded to be searched for evidence.
The recovered weapons included several rifles, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
So far, investigators have not found any evidence to suggest the group was plotting a mass shooting or other similar attack, the official said, while cautioning that the investigation is still in its early stages. The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
Authorities were called after an employee found the guns in a hotel room, the official said.
The men who were arrested are being investigated for possession of a weapon by a previous offender, and the woman, who has a separate warrant, is being investigated on a drug charge.
“We have no reason to believe this incident was connected to terrorism or a threat directed at the All-Star Game,” the FBI said in a statement released Sunday. “We are not aware of any threat to the All-Star Game events, venues, players or the community at this time.”
Denver police said in a statement the tip that led to the arrests was an excellent example of the community’s “critical role” in public safety. It said visitors should always be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious or illegal behavior.
No other information was released, and police did not immediately respond to a request for additional comment Sunday.
Coors Field will host the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but festivities have been underway in and around the ballpark and downtown for the past several days.
Castellanos gets key hit as Reds beat Brewers 3-1
MILWAUKEE (AP) Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking two-run single off All-Star closer Josh Hader with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Sunday.
The Reds took three of four in the series to pull within four games of the NL Central-leading Brewers. The teams begin a three-game set in Cincinnati on Friday night.
The Brewers (53-39) and Reds (48-42) are the only teams in the division with winning records at the All-Star break.
Hader (3-2) came in to pitch the ninth after he surrendered a game-winning homer to Eugenio Suarez on Saturday night. He hit Suarez on Sunday, and Kyle Farmer followed with a pinch-hit single.
After a strikeout, Hader walked Jonathan India to load the bases before Castellanos laced a hit up the middle.
Ryan Hendrix (5-1), the fourth of five Reds relievers, got two outs for the win. Josh Osich worked a perfect ninth for his first career save in his 246th appearance.
The Reds jumped in front in the first against All-Star right-hander Brandon Woodruff. Joey Votto singled in Jesse Winker, but Tyler Stephenson grounded into an inning-ending double play.
The Brewers loaded the bases against Luis Castillo in the fourth, but Castillo struck out Woodruff to end the threat.
Milwaukee threatened again in the fifth, putting two runners on with one out. But Castillo snagged Omar Narvaez’s liner and doubled Willy Adames off first.
Castillo departed after issuing a one-out walk to Jace Peterson in the sixth. Amir Garrett then struck out pinch-hitter Keston Hiura, but Peterson stole second and scored on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s single to right.
Castillo allowed three hits, but he issued a career-high six walks.
Woodruff gave up a season-high nine hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked none.
Marlins’ López Ks MLB-mark 9 in a row at start, tops Braves
MIAMI (AP) Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez set a major league record by striking out the first nine batters to start a game, pitching Miami past the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Sunday.
A day after the Braves lost star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury, their hitters had no answers for Lopez’s early dominance.
Lopez set the mark on the one-year anniversary of his father’s death.
“There were a lot of emotions and mixed feelings out there today. My dad meant so much to me in my progression,” Lopez said. “Being able to perform and get (that accomplishment) was really cool and really special.”
Lopez struck out Ehire Adrianza, Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies each swinging in the first inning. He then fanned Austin Riley, Orlando Arcia and Dansby Swanson also all swinging in the second inning.
In the third, Guillermo Heredia looked at strike three, Kevan Smith went down swinging and Ian Anderson was called out on strikes.
The 25-year-old Lopez broke the mark of eight straight strikeouts to begin a game set by Jim Deshaies in 1986 and matched by Jacob deGrom in 2014 and German Marquez in 2018.
“(Pablo) was on a little bit of a mission today,” said Miami manager Don Mattingly, who admitted not knowing that his starting pitcher was making history. “All I knew is that he punched out nine guys and really stuck with me at the time.”
Mattingly knew Lopez was having a special day the first time he glanced over at the left-field scoreboard, where the pitch count was posted.
“I look up there and he has 11 strikes in 11 pitches,” he said. “That’s when you kind of know something big is starting to happen.”
Lopez (5-5) threw 30 of his first 35 pitches for strikes. The Venezuelan began the day with 102 strikeouts over 95 innings in 18 starts this season.
“I wanted to execute and not leave anything out over the plate to those guys,” he said “I just wanted to get ahead in the count and use my purpose pitches to set up other pitches.”
Adrianza became the first Atlanta hitter to put a ball in play when he grounded out on an 0-1 pitch to begin the fourth. Freeman doubled for the Braves’ first hit, setting up RBI singles by Albies and Arcia.
Lopez gave up three runs in six innings – after his sensational start, he didn’t strike out anyone in his final three innings.
Lopez gave up five hits and walked two, with 65 of his 83 pitches for strikes.
Jesus Aguilar hit a three-run homer in the first inning off Anderson (5-5) as the Marlins ended a three-game losing streak. Jesus Sanchez tripled, doubled and singled and Miguel Rojas had three hits for Miami.
Sanchez, who enjoyed his first career three-hit game, could only marvel at Lopez’s historic performance with the rest of the fielders.
“Playing in left, I’m kind of looking over at the other outfielders and shaking my head like what is going on in there with Pablo,” Sanchez said. “It was a lot of fun, for sure.”
Dansby Swanson hit his 14th and 15th home runs for Atlanta.
“We had a little run there (after the first three innings) and I thought we might get back in it, but it didn’t happen,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said.
Anderson lasted only 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits and five walks.
Torreyes homers, Philly bullpen shines in 5-4 win over BoSox
BOSTON (AP) Ronald Torreyes hit a three-run homer, Philadelphia used six pitchers after losing its scheduled starter to COVID-19 contact tracing, and the Phillies hung on to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Sunday.
The Phillies took the last two of the three-game series at Boston and enter the All-Star break at 44-44 – Philadelphia’s first time at .500 since being 34-34 in late June.
“This is a resilient group. We’ve probably had as many tough losses as any team in baseball and we have found a way,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Two weeks ago we were kind of in a nightmarish week. The last 10 days, we’ve played extremely well. We’ve beat some good teams, taken some series from good teams. We’ve had a winning road trip – extremely proud.”
Torreyes had three of Philadelphia’s six hits and J.T. Realmuto had an RBI single in the third.
Philadelphia had to scratch starter Aaron Nola and place the right-hander and three teammates on COVID-19-related injured reserve on Sunday. Brandon Kintzler started the group effort with one-plus inning, Cristopher Sanchez (1-0) got the win after taking over in the second, and Ranger Suarez finished it, striking out two in the ninth to earn his second save after 2 1-3 scoreless innings.
“We felt like if we could get Kintzler and Sanchez through at least three we’d be OK,” Girardi said. “I give Sanchez a ton of credit because he threw a light side yesterday. I don’t think he was supposed to pitch until Monday. To get as many outs as he did was huge for us.”
The Red Sox lost their second straight at Fenway Park, where they had a nine-game winning streak before Philadelphia’s 11-2 rout on Saturday night.
Boston enters the All-Star break leading the AL East at 55-36.
“We’re in first place in the East. Nobody can take that away from us,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “I’m a little disappointed that we lost the last two series, but good teams get disappointed when that happens. We expect better than this.”
Xander Bogaerts homered for Boston, which outhit Philadelphia 11-6 but could not overcome a 5-1 deficit after Torreyes’ homer in the fourth. Boston was 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.
“It was the bullpen overall. They all did a great job. Each guy that came into the game, kept the game close,” Torreyes said through a translator.
Philadelphia scored five runs, four earned, off Nick Pivetta (7-4), who worked four innings against the team that traded him to Boston last summer.
“I have a lot of respect for those guys over there. It’s exciting to compete against them. I came up with quite a few of those guys. I think that’s the biggest thing,” Pivetta said.
Rhys Hoskins had a two-out double in the fourth and Brad Miller walked to set up Torreyes, who belted Pivetta’s 3-2 fastball into the top row of seats above the Green Monster.
“It felt very good. It’s always good to put the team ahead,” Torreyes said.
Torreyes also singled in the third and scored on Realmuto’s two-out single, which led to another run on a throwing error by right fielder Hunter Renfroe.
Pivetta pitched four innings, allowing five runs – four earned – on four hits. He walked two and struck out four.
The Red Sox scored twice in the sixth on Bobby Dalbec’s RBI single and Christian Arroyo’s run-scoring double, but were blanked after that.
Engel’s HR in 10th propels White Sox to season sweep of O’s
BALTIMORE (AP) Adam Engel hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox rolled into the All-Star break Sunday with a 7-5 victory over Baltimore to complete a season sweep of the Orioles.
Andrew Vaughn homered twice for the White Sox, who have won five in a row and 10 of 13 overall. Chicago leads the AL Central by eight games over Cleveland.
“I think we’ve won games in a bunch of different ways this year with a bunch of different guys,” Engel said. “Guys are figuring out what it takes to win. Being the better team isn’t going to guarantee any wins and being the lesser team doesn’t mean you’re going to lose.”
The White Sox went 7-0 against Baltimore this season. It is the first time in franchise history Chicago has swept a season series of at least seven games against any team, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Pinch-hitter Trey Mancini’s two-out, two-run homer in the Orioles ninth made it 4-all. He’ll take part in the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.
Baltimore has lost four in a row and is 1-7 in July. The Orioles have dropped eight consecutive games to the White Sox dating back to 2019, their longest skid in the series since another eight-game slide in 1989-90.
“It’s just a tough loss because you like to see guys battle back and win those type of games,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said.
Chicago swept a series at Camden Yards for the first time since 2005.
Yoan Moncada led off the Chicago 10th with a walk to join automatic runner Tim Anderson on base. Tyler Wells (2-1) retired the next two batters, but Engel went deep to left-center to make it 7-4.
“I kind of called it — I’m not going to lie,” Vaughn said. “If you ask (bench coach) Miguel Cairo, I said, `Here comes a three-run homer,’ and it happened. It was pretty cool. I just felt it. I don’t know why. I felt it the bones. He’s been super clutch for us this year and that was a big swing.”
Matt Foster recorded two outs for his first career save.
Chicago was poised to close it out in the ninth after closer Liam Hendriks (4-2) struck out his first two hitters before Ramon Urias’ single. Mancini, perhaps warming up for his Derby appearance, connected for his second career pinch-hit homer and first since 2017.
Vaughn put the White Sox ahead 4-2 in the sixth. After reliever Paul Fry hit Engel and walked Leury Garcia, Vaughn greeted Cole Sulser with a three-run drive.
Austin Hays’ two-run homer in the first was Baltimore’s only damage against Chicago starter Dylan Cease, who struck out six in five innings.
Baltimore starter Spenser Watkins allowed one run — Vaughn’s homer in the fourth — in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four before being lifted after completing two turns through the White Sox order.
Anderson extended his hitting streak to 12 with a fifth-inning single.
Ray takes no-hitter into 7th, Jays end Rays’ 6-game streak
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Robbie Ray took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 3-1 Sunday, ending the Rays’ six-game winning streak.
The left-hander’s bid ended with one out when Yandy Diaz was awarded a double after a fan reached over the left-field fence and tried to catch his drive. If the ball had not been interfered with, it would have struck the wall and not been catchable by left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
“I felt good on the mound, I felt really good with my pitches,” Ray said. “About maybe the fifth inning where I was like, `OK it’s a possibility.’ Just felt like my fastball was really good today. I felt like I was able to pretty much put where I wanted to.”
Diaz’s hit underwent a video review to confirm it was a double and not a homer.
“It was a double, and thankfully a hit at that time,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.
Ray (7-4) allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out 11 in seven innings. It was his ninth game this season of nine or more strikeouts, tying New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom for most in the majors.”
Ray threw 71 of 103 pitches for strikes, mixing in mid-90 mph fastballs and an upper 80’s slider.
“Oh man, Robbie Ray was bringing it today,” said Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen, who hit a solo homer.
“It was awesome,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo added. “It was fun to watch.”
Ray enters the All-Star break with 130 strikeouts. Only Roger Clemens, with 140 in 1997, had more in Blue Jays history at the break.
Tim Mayza worked a perfect eighth. Jordan Romano gave up Brandon Lowe’s solo homer and a single to Diaz before getting his seventh save in the final game for both teams before the All-Star break.
The AL champion Rays are second in the AL East, 1 1/2 games in back of Boston. Toronto is eight games behind the Red Sox.
Lowe has seven homers in his last nine games, and a career-high 21 overall.
Jansen put the Blue Jays up 1-0 during the third with his fourth homer.
Santiago Espinal had an RBI single and Cavan Biggio hit a sacrifice fly as the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
Rich Hill (6-4) gave up three runs and four hits in five innings.
Toronto shortstop Bo Bichette had an infield single in four at-bats in his 162nd MLB game. Through that many games, Bichette leads the franchise in hits (203), runs (121), RBIs (101) and extra-base hits (79).
Altuve HR caps 6-run rally in 9th, Astros shock Yankees 8-7
HOUSTON (AP) Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer to cap a startling six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, getting his jersey yanked off in a frenzied celebration and lifting the Houston Astros over the New York Yankees 8-7 Sunday.
The Astros had been shut out by the Yankees in the previous two games, highlighted by ace Gerrit Cole’s three-hitter in a 4-0 win on Saturday night.
But in a series where the teams took turns trolling each other after some lingering ill will over the years, Houston had the final say.
New York led 7-2 after a three-run homer by Gary Sanchez in the eighth inning and was poised for a sweep before the Astros broke loose and handed the Yankees another aching last-inning loss.
After the first two Astros reached base against Domingo German in the ninth, Chas McCormick hit a two-run double off Chad Green (3-5). Abraham Toro followed with an RBI double to make it 7-5, still with no outs.
Pinch-hitter Jason Castro singled and one out later, Altuve launched his soaring shot to left field. His temmates greeted him at the plate and ripped off his jersey in the celebration, leaving him shirtless as he hugged manager Dusty Baker on his way off the field.
Ralph Garza Jr. (1-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. He allowed three walks on a day the Astros won despite walking a whopping 14 batters.
Martin Maldonado homered in the Houston third off Jameson Taillon, making it 1-all and giving Houston its first run in the series.
Maldonado pulled his jersey down on the left side, revealing his bare chest as he rounded third base.
The move came a day after Yankees slugger Aaron Judge pulled his jersey together with both hands as he rounded third on a home run. It was a gesture that some interpreted as a reference to Altuve gripping his jersey to keep teammates from ripping it off during the celebration after his game-ending homer in Game 6 of the 2019 AL Championship Series against the Yankees.
After Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was uncovered, some speculated that Altuve didn’t want his jersey pulled off because he was concealing a buzzer that helped in the plot. The allegation was never proven, and Altuve said he did it because he was shy and that he got in trouble with his wife when his jersey was ripped off before.
Altuve was not made available to discuss Judge’s display, but manager Dusty Baker weighed in on it Sunday.
“I noticed what he did,” Baker said. “That was wrong.”
Sanchez also pulled at his jersey very much like Judge did as he trotted home on his homer. He was greeted at the dugout steps by Rougned Odor, who draped him in a heavy Yankees coat – perhaps a reference to Judge saying he did what he did because it gets “pretty chilly” at Minute Maid Park when the roof is closed.
Tim Locastro opened the fourth with a home run that put the Yankees up 2-1. Odor also covered him with the jacket after his drive.
Gleyber Torres hit an RBI single in the fifth that gave New York a 3-1 lead. Kyle Tucker hit a solo homer in the Houston sixth.
Torres walked with two outs in the seventh, stole second and slid in just before the throw to score on a single by Gio Urshela and extend the lead to 4-2.
Olson homers twice, Bassitt wins 10th as A’s top Rangers 4-1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Matt Olson prepped for the Home Run Derby by hitting two of Oakland’s four homers, Chris Bassitt allowed one run in seven innings, and the Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Sunday.
Olson homered leading off the fourth inning and with one out of the sixth, giving him 23 longballs this season. Jed Lowrie and Sean Murphy hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the A’s, who won consecutive games for the first time since mid-June and took two of three at Texas.
Olson, a first-time All-Star who will participate in Monday night’s derby at Coors Field, came into Sunday with one homer in his last 18 games.
“There’s going to be ups and downs throughout the season,” Olson said. “In the past we’ve been a home run-hitting team. It was good to get back and see some leave the yard.”
Said Texas manager Chris Woodward: “There’s a saying solo homers don’t beat you, but you give up four, they do.”
Bassitt (10-2) gave up four hits, struck out three and walked one to win his career-best 10th straight decision and tie for the AL lead. The All-Star has won his past four starts against the Rangers, including three in the past 18 days. He was coming off a six-run outing at Houston.
“It was more getting back to myself,” Bassitt said. “Didn’t feel too good in Houston.”
Lou Trivino stranded two runners in the ninth inning for his 14th save in 16 opportunities.
Oakland hit eight homers in two days, with back-to-back homers in the second inning of both games. Lowrie’s drive to straightaway center was nearly caught at the wall by a leaping Eli White, and Murphy followed by blasting an 0-2 pitch to left-center.
The Rangers’ Nick Solak, in a 10-for-55 slump and batting ninth for only the second time this season, hit a one-hop double off the wall in right-center with two out to score David Dahl.
Kolby Allard (2-6) allowed all four homers, striking out three and walking none. He has lost to Oakland three times in 18 days, twice to Bassitt, and has dropped his last five starts against the A’s.
Difo hit in 9th caps 5-run comeback as Pirates edge Mets 6-5
NEW YORK (AP) Wilmer Difo’s tiebreaking single in the ninth inning capped Pittsburgh’s biggest comeback of the season, and the Pirates rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the New York Mets 6-5 Sunday.
“That’s a helluva way to end the first half,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “We go down 5-0 and they battled their (rear ends) off for the rest of the game. It was really cool to see.”
The NL East-leading Mets – atop their division at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2007 – jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Chase De Jong in the first on a two-run homer by Francisco Lindor and a three-run shot by Michael Conforto.
The Pirates began inching back via the long ball in the fifth, when Rodolfo Castro and Michael Perez hit back-to-back solo home runs.
Castro hit a two-run homer in the sixth – per Elias, he is the first player since Kyle Higashioka in 2018 to homer for each of his first three big league hits – and helped keep the Pirates within a run by spearing a line drive by Brandon Nimmo in the seventh and firing to first to double up Luis Guillorme.
“It’s a huge dream come true and to see the dream flourish even more and get even deeper – oh my gosh, I feel amazing,” a grinning Castro said through an interpreter.
Closer Edwin Diaz, the fifth pitcher used by the Mets, wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth to preserve a 5-4 lead. Diaz (3-3) gave up a one-out double to Kevin Newman in the ninth before retiring Bryan Reynolds on a groundout.
But John Nogowski hit an RBI single – his 14th hit in 28 at-bats since joining the Pirates on Monday, the most by a Pittsburgh player in his first seven games with the team since at least 1901 – and Difo followed with his run-scoring hit down the third base line.
David Bednar (2-1) allowed two hits in a scoreless eighth. Richard Rodriguez worked around a leadoff single by Nimmo in the ninth to earn his 12th save.
“Twenty-seven outs, a lot can happen,” Nogowski said. “Real easy to kind of roll over there, last game before the break, you’ve got an unbelievable closer on the mound, great stuff. But I don’t think that crossed any of our minds. Great at-bats.”
Difo and Adam Frazier had three hits for the Pirates, who are in last place in the NL Central at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2010.
De Jong allowed five runs and four hits and three walks with three strikeouts in five innings. He retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced.
The Mets headed into the All-Star break after blowing their biggest lead of a season in a loss.
“All losses are tough,” Mets manager Luis Rojas said. “We had the 5-0 lead and we didn’t get much going afterward.”
Lindor, who flied out to end the game, had three hits with a walk. He is batting .333 with two homers, 10 RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage since July 1. He entered the month hitting .215 with nine homers, 26 RBIs and a .301 on-base percentage.
Aaron Loup served as New York’s opener and tossed two scoreless innings in the first start of his 10-year big league career. Jerad Eickhoff followed by giving up two runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia, Miguel Castro and Diaz combined to allow four runs, seven hits and three walks in four innings.
Rojas said usual late-inning options Seth Lugo and Trevor May were unavailable after pitching in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.
“We were short on pitching,” Rojas said. “Some guys had to come in and try to do the inning-plus and could not quite do it.”
M’s Kikuchi placed on IL, may still head to All-Star Game
SEATTLE (AP) All-Star pitcher Yusei Kikuchi of the Seattle Mariners was placed on the injured list on Sunday.
However, it’s possible that he could still participate in the upcoming All-Star Game festivities in Denver.
Manager Scott Servais said he couldn’t comment on Kikuchi’s status “for a number of different reasons,” but that he was “not that concerned with where’s he’s at.”
“I still think he’s planning on heading over to the All-Star Game,” Servais said.
No other details were available about the pitcher’s status.
The Mariners promoted promising catching prospect Cal Raleigh to take his place in the lineup. Raleigh will make his debut later Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels. He’ll catch a bullpen day from the Mariners staff.
Kikuchi has been one of the top left-handers in baseball this season, his third since signing with the Mariners and moving over to the major leagues from Japan. He’s 6-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 98 strikeouts.
Phillies’ Nola, 3 teammates go on COVID-19 injured list
BOSTON (AP) Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola was scratched from his start Sunday at Boston and placed on the COVID-19 injured list along with three of his teammates.
Nola (6-5) was scheduled to start in the interleague series finale against the Red Sox before the All-Star break.
The Phillies announced before the game that Nola was scratched and replaced with right-hander Brandon Kintzler for Sunday’s start.
In addition to Nola, third-baseman Alec Bohm was placed on the COVID-19 injured list after testing positive, the Phillies said. Right-handed pitcher Connor Brogdon and left-hander Bailey Falter were placed on the list because of contact tracing, the Phillies said.
Pirates draft Louisville C Davis at No. 1, Leiter to Texas
(AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates opened the amateur draft with a Louisville slugger.
That freed up the Texas Rangers to grab another famous baseball name at No. 2.
The Pirates selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis and the Rangers grabbed Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter – son of big league All-Star Al Leiter – with the first two picks of Sunday night’s draft, the first held as part of All-Star weekend.
“Fired up,” said Davis, wearing a Pirates hat and jersey moments after his on-stage introduction by Commissioner Rob Manfred. “Ready to go, ready to get to work. Super excited.”
Manfred announced the choices from Denver’s Bellco Theater. Major League Baseball moved the draft from its longstanding June slot to July’s All-Star festivities in an effort to better showcase its future stars.
Davis has big power and an even bigger arm, throwing out 46% of would-be basestealers to become a finalist for the Buster Posey Award as college baseball’s best defensive catcher.
He batted .370 and led the Cardinals with 15 homers, and his .482 on-base percentage was best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I want to win, a competitor,” Davis said. “I’m going to do everything I can to help this organization get where it needs to be.”
The Rangers grabbed Leiter with the second pick, taking a right-hander with a mid-90s fastball and two overpowering breaking pitches. His repertoire could play near the top of a big league rotation. He was 11-4 with a 2.13 ERA with the Commodores, including a no-hitter against South Carolina, and struck out 179 in 110 innings.
Leiter watched the draft at home with his parents. Al Leiter, who pitched 19 seasons in the majors, said he was elated and “kind of weepy” hearing his son’s name called.
“It’s really hard to put into words,” Jack Leiter said. “I’m just so happy I was able to have my family and friends and people that care about me all here to celebrate with.”
This was Texas’ first pick under first-year general manager Chris Young, a longtime big league pitcher who came to the organization determined to help the farm system better develop pitching. Leiter was at the top of the Rangers’ board.
“Jack is someone we’ve zeroed in for a while,” Young said. “He fits everything we’re trying to accomplish as an organization.”
Leiter’s Vanderbilt teammate, right-hander Kumar Rocker, was taken 10th overall by the New York Mets. Rocker was once considered a candidate to go first overall but slid down draft boards following an inconsistent spring.
After MLB slimmed the draft from 40 rounds to five last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s event will go 20 rounds spread over three days.
The draft opened Sunday night with the first 36 selections. Fans were allowed to watch the event in person for the first time, and a smattering of onlookers booed loudly each time Manfred took the stage. Previous drafts were held at MLB Network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey, which only had room for media and small groups of friends and family.
Fans stood and cheered when Davis’ name was announced. He hugged friends and family before making his way to the stage, where he was handed a Pirates hat and jersey and shook hands with Manfred.
The Pirates picked first overall for the first time since taking Gerrit Cole in 2011, by far the most successful of their four previous No. 1 selections. Their other top picks were infielder Jeff King (1986) and right-handers Kris Benson (1996) and Bryan Bullington (2002).
In a year without a consensus top pick, Pittsburgh general manager Ben Cherington said his club decided on Davis on Saturday night. His scouts were impressed not just by Davis’ abilities, but also his eagerness to learn and hunger to improve.
“He checks a lot of boxes,” Cherington said. “We’ve had a lot of fun getting to know him.”
The first pick has a slot value of an $8.42 million signing bonus. The deadline for players to sign is Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. EDT.
The Detroit Tigers went with Oklahoma high school pitcher Jackson Jobe at No. 3, a year after taking Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the top pick.
Jobe was expected to be the first high school pitcher drafted after going 9-0 with a 0.13 ERA at Heritage Hall. He has a deep pitch mix, including a slider that was considered among the best in the draft class.
The AL East-leading Boston Red Sox picked fourth and selected slick-fielding shortstop Marcelo Mayer. The left-handed hitter had been the favorite to go No. 1 overall after drawing comparison to Dodgers star Corey Seager.
“I did see it coming,” Mayer said of his slide to the Red Sox. “I knew they were high on me. I’m just super blessed to be part of the organization.”
Mayer hit 14 homers his senior year at Eastlake High School in California, one shy of the school record set by 2000 No. 1 pick Adrian Gonzalez. Marcelo batted .392 with 45 RBIs and 46 runs.
The Kansas City Royals turned in the night’s first true surprise when they reached for Connecticut pitcher Frank Mozzicato with the seventh pick. The 18-year-old left-hander threw four consecutive no-hitters this spring, but was projected by most experts as a fit for early in the second round.
Among the loudest cheers came when the hometown Rockies took Pennsylvania high school outfielder Benny Montgomery, a speedy player with a chance to add strength to his 6-foot-4 frame.
Another notable name came off the board at No. 25 when the Oakland Athletics selected California high school shortstop Max Muncy. He shares no relation to the Los Angeles Dodgers slugger with the same name, but they have plenty else in common. They share a birthday on Aug. 25, and both were drafted by Oakland – the elder Muncy was a fifth round pick by the A’s in 2012.
The Houston Astros won’t pick until the third round for the second straight year as punishment for their infamous sign-stealing scandal.
- Round 1 results
|3||Tigers||Jackson Jobe||RHP||Heritage Hall High (Oklahoma)|
|4||Red Sox||Marcelo Mayer||SS||Eastlake High (California)|
|5||Orioles||Colton Cowser||OF||Sam Houston|
|6||Diamondbacks||Jordan Lawlar||SS||Jesuit Prep (Texas)|
|7||Royals||Frank Mozzicato||LHP||East Catholic High (Connecticut)|
|8||Rockies||Benny Montgomery||OF||Red Land High (Pennsylvania)|
|9||Angels||Sam Bachman||RHP||Miami (Ohio)…HSE HS|
|11||Nationals||Brady House||SS||Winder-Barrow High (Georgia)|
|12||Mariners||Harry Ford||C||North Cobb High (Georgia)|
|13||Phillies||Andrew Painter||RHP||Calvary Christian High (Florida)|
|14||Giants||Will Bednar||RHP||Mississippi State|
|15||Brewers||Sal Frelick||OF||Boston College|
|16||Marlins||Kahlil Watson||SS||Wake Forest High (North Carolina)|
|18||Cardinals||Michael McGreevy||RHP||UC Santa Barbara|
|19||Blue Jays||Gunnar Hoglund||RHP||Mississippi|
|20||Yankees||Trey Sweeney||SS||Eastern Illinois|
|21||Cubs||Jordan Wicks||LHP||Kansas State|
|22||White Sox||Colson Montgomery||3B||Southridge High (Indiana)|
|23||Indians||Gavin Williams||RHP||East Carolina|
|24||Braves||Ryan Cusick||RHP||Wake Forest|
|25||Athletics||Max Muncy||SS||Thousand Oaks High (California)|
|26||Twins||Chase Petty||RHP||Mainland Regional High (New Jersey)|
|27||Padres||Jackson Merrill||SS||Severna Park High (Maryland)|
|28||Rays||Carson Williams||SS/RHP||Torrey Pines High (California)|
|29||Dodgers||Maddux Bruns||LHP||UMS-Wright Prep (Alabama)|
- Compensation pick result
|30||Reds||Jay Allen||OF||John Carroll High (Florida)|
- Competitive Balance Round A results
|31||Marlins||Joe Mack||C||Williamsville East High (New York)|
|33||Brewers||Tyler Black||2B||Wright State|
|34||Rays||Cooper Kinney||2B||The Baylor Schools (Tennessee)|
|35||Reds||Matheu Nelson||C||Florida State|
|36||Twins||Noah Miller||SS||Ozaukee High (Wisconsin)|
Angels draft ‘impact arm’ Bachman at No. 9
The Angels have an organizational need for pitching, and they helped fill it with the No. 9 overall pick of the 2021 MLB Draft by selecting right-hander Sam Bachman from Miami University in Ohio. It marks the second straight year they’ve selected a college pitcher with their first selection, as Bachman joins lefty Reid Detmers, who was the No. 10 pick in ’20.
Bachman, 21, went 4-4 with a 1.81 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 59 2/3 innings over 12 starts as a junior this year at Miami. His ERA was the seventh-best among NCAA Division I pitchers, and he possesses a fastball that can reach triple digits. Bachman is considered close to reaching the Majors and could make his debut as a reliever, but the Angels believe he profiles as a starter long-term.
“This is some impact arm and someone we can continue to develop around on the pitching side,” said Angels scouting director Matt Swanson. “We’re just thrilled to bring in another arm and couple him with Reid from last year and just keep the pitching going. This was an exciting pick for us. He went out this year and what he was able to do in a starter’s role was impressive. He just needs to continue to build up innings and develop as a starter.”
Bachman is the first player from Miami University to be selected in the first round of the Draft, and he is the highest overall selection by the Angels since they took Troy Glaus with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1997 Draft. Bachman was notably selected just ahead of Vanderbilt right-hander Kumar Rocker, who saw his velocity dip this year, while Bachman’s saw his rise.
Bachman lacks traditional height for a starting pitcher — he’s listed as 6-foot-1, 235 pounds — and has a three-quarter delivery that some think is better suited to a bullpen role. But Bachman’s fastball can reach 101 mph and he has strong secondary pitches with an above-average slider and changeup, which makes the Angels believe he can stick as a starter.
“It’s a really dynamic pitch package that plays off of itself and the weapons are really impressive,” Swanson said. “And what’s really impressive is his ground-ball rate. He’s not just a pure power pitcher; he has a lot of finesse and grace that goes with it.”
The Angels don’t believe there will be any signability concerns with Bachman, and the pick carries a slot value of $4.95 million. If Los Angeles wants to keep Bachman in relief this year, there’s a chance he could reach the Majors as soon as this season, according to many in the industry, including MLB.com’s Jim Callis. But Swanson said the Halos haven’t determined the level at which Bachman would start, nor did they want to put a timeline on his ascent to the Majors.
“I think a big thing is getting him signed as soon as possible and getting him into the Angels’ system and just letting him go,” Swanson said. “He’s going to have the opportunity to move at his own pace and hopefully impact the Major League roster sooner rather than later.”
Bachman was also the first selection under new general manager Perry Minasian, who said leading up to the Draft that character and makeup were two of the most important traits he was looking for in picks this season. Swanson said Bachman fits that bill.
“Incredible,” Swanson said. “I am fortunate enough to meet with many players throughout this process, and his character and his routine and his prep for pitching and taking care of his body and doing everything he needs to do to be ready, it was really unmatched in this class.”
White Sox pick SS Montgomery No. 22 overall
CHICAGO — The story of Colson Montgomery, the top pick for the White Sox in the 2021 Draft at No. 22 overall, has a vaguely familiar feel.
Montgomery, a 19-year-old left-handed hitter who is committed to Indiana University, comes from Southridge High School in Huntingburg, Ind., as the basketball program’s all-time leading scorer. According to Maxpreps.com, Montgomery averaged 20.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game over four years.
At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Montgomery was listed as a shortstop by the White Sox on Draft night. Some pundits see Montgomery changing defensive spots in professional baseball, but Montgomery told MLB Network on Sunday that he’s a shortstop.
If White Sox fans have heard this previously, it’s because Tim Anderson’s tale of being drafted and developed was very similar, aside from Anderson hitting right-handed and coming from East Central Community College. Anderson’s convictions not only have turned him into one of the best Major League shortstops, but also one of the game’s most charismatic and impactful presences.
White Sox director of amateur scouting Mike Shirley sees similar attributes in Montgomery, whose slot value at No. 22 checks in at $3,027,000 of the team’s $6,618,600 total bonus pool.
“A left-handed bat … he has both [average] and power,” said Shirley of Montgomery on a Draft night Zoom session. “He has a presence on the field. He’s made so much defensive improvement. He’s the one that screamed, ‘Hey, I’m your guy.’ He’s the one who took the step forward to do the defensive work. You see the athlete unfold. He separated himself into being the baseball player he is now.”
“I’m just very confident in what I can do, and I’m very confident in myself in everything,” Montgomery said. “I like standing out in unique ways. I’m a unique person, a very unique athlete. I’ll back it up, for sure.”
To back up his statement Sunday, Montgomery wore a polka dot shirt and a bowtie as he celebrated the White Sox selection with seven family members in Denver.
“Just a wave of emotions coming in, especially with all the hard work, everything I’ve put into this sport, it all paid off,” Montgomery said. “It’s not the end, either. It’s just the beginning, too. I’m very honored and blessed to have this opportunity to continue my next chapter with the White Sox.”
“We feel lucky,” Shirley said. “We feel like we got the right guy. We are very excited to have this young man. This guy has impact talent.”
This selection of Montgomery, who was the 25th-ranked Draft prospect per MLB Pipeline, marked the first time the White Sox took a high school player with their first Draft selection since outfielder Courtney Hawkins in 2012. Hawkins made news by doing a back flip during an interview on draft night in full suit and dress shoes, but he was gone from the White Sox after the 2017 season.
Shirley stressed how pitching depth was a theme in last year’s abbreviated five-round Draft, with the White Sox taking five pitchers, including Garrett Crochet in Round 1 and Jared Kelley in Round 2. He spoke recently about top-flight high school infielders being the theme in ’21, with Montgomery emerging as their top target.
“I’ve said all along, if there’s impact talent on the Draft board, the White Sox are going to be active in it,” Shirley said. “We felt like this was the piece of the puzzle that was going to be a difference-maker for us. This kid comes with a lot of upside, a lot of significant talent.”
Seven of the last eight top picks for the White Sox have been part of this team’s stellar first half, leaving them eight games ahead of the Indians in the American League Central and with the best record in the AL at 54-35. Anderson (2013, 17th overall) and left-hander pitcher Carlos Rodón (2014, No. 3) are two of the White Sox four All-Stars this season.
Anderson’s selection was the last time the White Sox picked below No. 11 in the first round, and the last time they picked a shortstop with their first pick. The 2009 Draft, where outfielder Jared Mitchell was taken No. 23 overall, marks the last time the White Sox first pick was in the 20s.
Mitchell was a football and baseball standout at LSU, and along with his basketball and baseball prowess, Montgomery played quarterback for two seasons at Southridge. He batted .333 with nine doubles, seven home runs, 23 RBIs and 42 runs scored during his senior season, guiding the Raiders to the IHSAA Class 3A state championship.
Sunday’s pick by the White Sox reinforced Montgomery’s pick to stay with baseball.
“It was tough, especially Indiana being a huge basketball state,” Montgomery said. “But it kind of goes back to the basketball coaches, they weren’t really showing much interest because they pretty much were saying I was too good at baseball to go play basketball at college, and they thought I would just go play baseball.
“Once the clock starting ticking down and running into the White Sox pick, I kind of got pretty confident that was where I was going to land. Just knowing Shirley, I get a really good idea what the White Sox organization is all about … . I could tell how passionate he was and how confident he was with me and my abilities.”
Kurt Busch holds off brother Kyle at Atlanta Motor Speedway
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Kurt Busch asked for a final favor from Atlanta Motor Speedway’s old, battered track.
Busch’s wish came true on the track’s farewell race.
Busch passed brother Kyle with 24 laps left and won the NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday to complete a sibling weekend Atlanta sweep.
It was the final race for the current track surface. It was installed in 1997 and is the oldest on the NASCAR circuit. Construction on a repaving and reprofile project is expected to begin immediately.
“What a genuine, awesome, old-school race track,” Kurt Busch said. “I just asked the track today for the last time on your old asphalt can I have an old guy win, and she answered.”
Kurt Busch, 42, raced to his first victory of the season, 33rd overall and the fourth of his career at Atlanta. He locked up a spot in the playoffs and possibly improved his chances of securing a new ride next season.
“Hell yeah, we beat Kyle!” he said.
Kyle Busch reclaimed the lead with 47 laps remaining, but couldn’t hold off his older brother on Lap 236. Kurt Busch took advantage of lapped traffic, especially teammate Ross Chastain, to pass his brother. Chastain helped Kurt Busch choose the lane needed to make the crucial pass.
“The 42 did his job as a teammate,” Kurt Busch said. “Ross is going to get a little flak for it, but that’s what it takes to be a good teammate at the right moment. I couldn’t be more proud of Ross Chastain.”
Said Chastain, who finished 21st: “Kurt asked for the lane and I gave it to him. … One team, one goal and that’s to win.”
Kyle Busch pushed for the lead with eight laps remaining, but Kurt pulled away in the final laps to win by 1.237 seconds.
Kyle Busch said his brother “was definitely better than us today. I thought I had him, and I did, but racing just didn’t play out for us today.”
Kyle Busch won the Xfinity Series race Saturday, giving him five wins in his maximum five races in the series this season. He said he doesn’t plan to return to the Xfinity Series next season.
Kurt Busch’s contract with Chip Ganassi Racing expires at the end of the year, and Ganassi sold the team to Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks this month.
“I don’t know where I’m going, but I just love racing cars and I want to race that Next Gen car,” Busch said, referring to NASCAR’s planned new car for next season. “That’s why I want to stick around.”
Martin Truex Jr. finished third after starting at the back of the pack. Alex Bowman was fourth, followed by Ryan Blaney.
Truex had been slated to start fifth but was pushed to to the rear of the pack after his Toyota failed two pre-race inspections.
Denny Hamlin was fifth at the end of the second stage but was penalized for entering the pits too fast and had to move to the back of the pack for the restart. He finished 13th.
Atlanta Motor Speedway president Brandon Hutchinson said the planned resurfacing was overdue. Proof of the poor condition of the old asphalt came holes which developed on the front straightaway had to be repaired following the second stage.
The race was delayed for 19 minutes during a red-flag stoppage as a crew filled the gaps in the track with caulk.
Pole-sitter Chase Elliott finished seventh. Elliott fell back after his brakes locked, causing him to miss his pit box, on a competition caution on Lap 27. Elliott struggled to make up ground and remained winless in seven starts at his Atlanta home track.
Elliott described the finish as “solid, just not great.”
LIGHT RAIN, NO DELAY
Light rain, and the threat of a heavier downpour, affected strategy late in the second stage. Some drivers were instructed to delay pit stops and remain on the track in case rain forced a delay or early end to the race. There was no weather delay.
The NASCAR Cup series moves to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year’s race.
Glover with a 64 at John Deere ends 10 years without a win
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) Lucas Glover ended 10 years without a victory Sunday when he birdied five of his last seven holes for a 7-under 64 to win the John Deere Classic by two shots.
Glover won for the fourth time in his career, the most recent in 2011 at Quail Hollow.
He was among two dozen players separated by three shots on the rain-softened TPC Deere Run when the former U.S. Open champion went on a tear.
It started with a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th hole. He hit his approach into 4 feet and 7 feet on the next two holes, and then flushed a 7-iron to 3 feet on the 15th hole to take the lead.
Glover finished his run with a 12-foot birdie on the par-5 17th, and a 6-foot putt to save par from the bunker on the 18th that he figured would come in handy.
It never got to that. No one could catch him.
Glover kept it simple, with his game and his observations, saying he “ironed” it well and made a bunch of putts. That’s the recipe on a course with smooth greens and soft conditions.
“They went in and I kept the pedal down,” Glover said when he finished at 19-under 265. “There’s a lot of birdies out there, a lot of great players coming in.”
Kevin Na tried to make a run with three birdies in four holes until he was slowed by a bogey on the 15th and couldn’t make up enough ground. He shot a 68. Ryan Moore also closed with a 68 for a runner-up finish.
Sebastian Munoz of Colombia, who started the final round with a one-shot lead, hit a shank from an awkward stance with the ball above his feet on the first hole. He made bogey and it was a sign of struggles to come. He closed with a 71 and tied for fourth, three shots back.
“Took me three holes to readjust from that, and then did a good job from there,” Munoz said.
Also finishing three shots behind were Adam Schenk (67), Luke List (68) and Scott Brown (69).
Schenk had a one-shot lead with five holes to play as he sought his first PGA Tour victory. But on the reachable par-4 14th hole, he went well right into a nasty lie in the thick, wet rough. He came up short of the green in more deep grass, chipped some 20 feet long and made bogey.
Glover was playing alongside him and made another birdie for a two-shot swing. Glover kept going and Schenk had to settle for pars.
The victory at the 50th edition of the John Deere Classic sends Glover back to the Masters, the PGA Championship and allows him to start next year on Maui for the Tournament of Champions, a place he hasn’t been in a decade.
“It’s been a long 10 years. There’s been some struggles,” Glover said. “I knew it was in there. I had to clean up my brain a little bit and just hit some shots, just play golf. I never lost sight of believing I could do this and win again. It’s always nice to prove yourself right.”
Glover already was in the British Open from having reached the Tour Championship in 2019 (the 2020 British Open was canceled by the pandemic). Moore earned the lone spot at Royal St. George’s, though it was unclear he was going to take it.
Hataoka declared winner as rain-soaked LPGA cut to 54 holes.
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) Nasa Hataoka of Japan was declared the winner of the Marathon LPGA Classic when the final round Sunday was washed out by relentless, heavy rain.
Hataoka had a six-shot lead over Elizabeth Szokol and Mina Harigae. She won for the fourth time on the LPGA Tour, and her first LPGA title in two years.
The final round began at 7 a.m. with hopes of beating the rain. That lasted only a few hours before Highland Meadows was soaked, and soon became unplayable.
Donna Mummert, the LPGA’s senior manager of rules and competition, said the greens were the first problem as the tournament tried to resume. By mid-afternoon, it was the fairways that were so soaked the LPGA had no choice but to end the tournament.
The LPGA said the forecast was not favorable for a Monday finish, and it didn’t help that Evian Championship – the fourth LPGA major of the year – is scheduled to start on Wednesday.
Danielle Kang, the defending champion, birdied the third hole to pull within eight shots and wanted to see the LPGA acquire more resources to be able to handle weather.
“There is 18 holes of golf left out there,” Kang said. “I played three of them. I always look at golf tournaments as 72 holes, so when we don’t get to finish 72 holes … and it’s not the LPGA’s fault, it’s not anybody’s fault. Sometimes we don’t have enough resources.”
She did not elaborate on what resources could have made a difference.
The tournament was a 54-hole event in the early 1990s.
Hataoka lost in a playoff to Yuka Saso in the U.S. Women’s Open last month. Her last LPGA Tour victory was the Kia Classic in 2019, though she won twice on the Japan LPGA later that year.
Matsuyama among 3 more players to withdraw from British Open
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Three more players withdrew from the British Open next week at Royal St. George’s, a growing list that includes Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who was concerned about practice time and travel.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and former British Open champion David Duval also withdrew Sunday. That brings to 13 the number of players who had been planning to play but withdrew.
Matsuyama tested positive for the coronavirus during the Rocket Mortgage Classic last week in Detroit and has been self-isolating. He remains symptom-free, though subsequent tests have come back positive.
“I’m feeling fine but haven’t been able to practice in preparation for the Open,” Matsuyama said in a statement released by the R&A. “Combining that with the difficult travel to the U.K., my team and I have decided it’s best to withdraw to ensure everyone’s safety.”
Watson had to withdraw after he said he was in close contact with someone who had a positive COVID-19 test.
“While I am vaccinated and have passed the required pre-travel COVID test, not enough time has passed for me to comfortably join the charter flight and risk exposure to the other players and personnel on board,” Watson said in a statement on Twitter.
The R&A did not say why Duval chose to withdraw. He won the British Open in 2001 at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Harold Varner III, Brendan Steele and John Catlin, the Californian who plays exclusively on the European Tour, have taken their spots in the field.
Seven players from the top 75 in the world ranking will not be Royal St. George’s, with Matsuyama (No. 18) the highest ranked.
American Sepp Kuss wins Tour de France’s grueling 15th stage
ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) Sepp Kuss couldn’t suppress a wide grin as he raced toward the finish line to become the first American in 10 years to win a stage at the Tour de France.
Just before winning Sunday’s grueling 15th stage, Kuss threw his sunglasses into the crowd and put his arms in the air before covering his face, succumbing to emotion and exhaustion.
Tyler Farrar had been the last American to win a stage at cycling’s biggest race in 2011.
“It’s incredible, I’m lost for words,” Kuss said.
The 26-year-old Colorado native left it late to make his move in the punishing 191-kilometer (118-mile) ride from Ceret at the foothills of the Pyrenees to the tiny mountain-bound nation of Andorra.
“This was Sepp’s day,” said Jumbo-Visma teammate Wout van Aert, who helped put Kuss in a position to break. “He lives in Andorra and he was looking forward to this stage.”
The American attacked going up the 1,796-meter Col de Beixalis and maintained his hard-fought advantage over Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde, who finished 23 seconds behind.
“To be honest, I was suffering a lot in this Tour de France. I didn’t feel like I had the spice in the legs. Today I knew it was finishing where I live, so I was motivated for the stage,” Kuss said.
Col de Beixalis was the steepest climb in a day of many ascents in the Pyrenees. Kuss’ average speed going up was 20.4 kph (12.7 mph), and 57.9 kph (36 mph) going down, where he clocked a maximum speed of 80.6 kph (50 mph).
“I don’t ride to Col de Beixalis much in training because it’s so hard, but I knew if I had a good gap, I’d stay away till the finish. Wout van Aert did a great job for me in the valley. It means a lot to me to win a Tour de France stage,” Kuss said.
Dutch rider Wout Poels finished third and took over the polka dot jersey for the best climber.
“It’s obviously going to be a great battle for the mountains jersey,” Poels said.
Race leader Tadej Pogacar enjoyed an uneventful day and remained on course for his second overall victory.
The defending champion was only questioned toward the end of the stage as Jonas Vingegaard followed Ben O’Connor’s example with two attacks.
Pogacar answered both without any problems and increased his overall lead to more than five minutes over Rigoberto Uran and Vingegaard.
“I felt good, and I wasn’t worried at all about the last climb. I just needed to follow the other riders there, as I did,” Pogacar said. “My team did a great job at protecting me all day long, providing me with everything I needed. The key today was to keep myself hydrated, to have water available all the time, and my teammates did that job perfectly.”
Guillaume Martin, who was second overall ahead of the stage, dropped back to ninth.
Before the final tussles on Col de Beixalis, riders had to overcome the 2,408-meter Port d’Envalira, where Nairo Quintana made a break after a strong headwind forced riders across the road. Quintana was first to the summit before he was hauled back. Quintana tried again on Col de Beixalis before Kuss took over.
Nacer Bouhanni, who had been suffering since a big crash on Stage 13, quit after the intermediate sprint with 124.5 kilometers remaining.
The rest of the riders have a chance to recover on the tour’s second rest day Monday before more climbs await on Tuesday.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1890 Appearing in his only major league game, Mr. Lewis (first name unknown) yields 13 hits, walks seven batters, and allows 20 earned runs during the three innings of his major league debut at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The rookie’s performance contributes to the last place Buffalo Bisons’ 28-16 loss to the Wonders in the Players’ League contest.
1897 Louisville’s Tom McCreery hits three home runs, providing the difference in the Colonels’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Each of the outfielder’s round-trippers is of the inside-the-park variety, and all are given up by Philadelphia right-hander Jack Taylor.
1901 At Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Cy Young of the Americans seven-hits the A’s, 5-3, to win his 300th victory. The 34 year-old will win an additional 211 games to establish an amazing major league record of 511 career victories.
1906 At Robison Field, Sherry Magee establishes a franchise record by swiping four bases in the Phillies’ 7-6 loss to St. Louis. The Philadelphia outfielder’s mark, a feat he will repeat next month, will be equaled by Garry Maddox (1978) and Jayson Werth (2009).
1910 The legendary verse detailing the Cubs’ double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, is published for the first time. When the ‘New York Evening Mail’ republishes the same poem six days later, the newspaper will use the title by which the poem is best known today, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon
1911 For the second time in his career, Ty Cobb completes the stolen base cycle in one inning when he steals second, third, and home in the first frame of the Tigers’ 9-0 Bennett Park victory over Philadelphia. The ‘Georgia Peach’ will accomplish the feat four times, establishing a major league mark shared with Honus Wagner.
1931 Thanks to an overflow crowd at Sportsman Park, routine fly balls become ground-rule doubles when the ball lands among the fans ringing the outfield walls. After collecting nine two-baggers in the opener, the Cubs and Cardinals combined to hit another twenty-three, including a record 13 by the Redbirds, in the nightcap, setting a major league mark of a total of thirty-two doubles in the twin bill.
1938 In a game against the Senators, Indian second baseman Odell Hale dramatically completes his cycle when his two-out, two-run round-tripper knots the score at eight runs apiece in the ninth inning. Washington wins the Griffith Stadium contest in the bottom of the frame, scoring the walk-off tally on a sacrifice fly delivered by Sam West.
1943 An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. The All-Stars win on a Splendid Splinter’s’ home run, 9-8.
1945 Tommy Holmes goes 0-for-4 in the Braves’ 6-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37, which sets a modern National League record. The mark will stand for 33 years until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1978 en route to establishing a new standard of 44, but the Reds’ infielder’s effort remains a game shy of the record set by Willie Keeler’s 45-game streak over the 1896 and 1897 seasons with the NL’s Baltimore Orioles.
1946 Johnny Sain faces only 28 batters when the Braves beat the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 1-0. The only blemish on the Boston’s right-hander performance in the 96-minute contest is Grady Hatton’s first-inning, two-out double, a popup behind third base that drops among three fielders.
1949 The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences before the start of next season. The origin of the concept began at Yankee Stadium, where an actual running track, used in the ballpark’s track and field events, helped fielders know their proximity to the outfield fence when attempting to make a play.
1949 The first All-Star Game featuring black players takes place at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Dodgers Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, and Don Newcombe represent the National League in an 11-7 loss to Indians’ outfielder Larry Doby and his AL teammates.
1951 At Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Yankee right-hander Allie Reynolds faces only 29 batters, en route no-hitting the Indians, 1-0, thanks to Gene Woodling’s solo home run off Bob Feller in the seventh inning. The ‘Chief’ retires the last seventeen batters to face him, striking out Bobby Avila to end the game.
1955 At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cardinal outfielder Stan Musial comes to bat leading off the bottom of the 12th inning of a 5-5 All-Star deadlock. After Yankee catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting, ‘The Man’ tells him, “Don’t worry, I’ll have you home in a minute,” then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.
1962 Exactly one month after accomplishing the feat for the first time, the Aaron brothers both homer again in the same game, giving Milwaukee an exciting 8-6 victory over St. Louis at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Behind 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Tommie’s solo shot cuts the deficit to two runs, and his older sibling Hank seals the deal four batters later with a walk-off grand slam.
1966 The National League All-Stars edge the AL, 2-1, in a game played at the newly-built Busch Stadium when hometown favorite Tim McCarver scores the winning run on Dodger shortstop Maury Wills’s tenth-inning walk-off single, with Giants hurler Gaylord Perry getting the victory by tossing a scoreless ninth and tenth inning. The 105-degree weather and the 113 degrees on the playing surface result in nearly 150 people needing treatment for heat exhaustion.
1970 In the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Tigers lay down a record-tying three sacrifice bunts and score a run on a sac fly. Detroit muffs Cesar Gutierrez’ and Mickey Lolich’s attempts to give themselves up, resulting in both players advancing a runner and reaching first base without making an out.
1979 After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescents refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck’s promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco LPs or .45s and then collecting the vinyl records to blow up in center field.
1988 Terry Steinbach homers in his first at-bat as an All-Star. The A’s catcher becomes the first major leaguer to have homered in his first major league at-bat (9/12/86) and the Midsummer Classic.
1989 Yankee left-hander Ron Guidry retires from baseball, compiling a 170-91 record with a 3.29 ERA during his 14-year career with New York. In 1978, Gator won the American League’s Cy Young Award unanimously after enjoying one of the most incredible seasons in baseball history, posting a 25-3 record with an ERA of 1.74.
1990 In a six-inning rain-shortened game, White Sox starter Melido Perez no-hits the hometown Yankees, 8-0. His bother Pascual, who is watching from the New York bench, also hurled an abbreviated no-no for the Expos in 1988, holding the Phillies hitless for five innings at Veterans Stadium.
1992 In the Braves’ 7-4 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field, Jeff Blauser becomes the fourth shortstop to hit three home runs in a game, joining the ranks of Ernie Banks (Cubs, 1955), Barry Larkin (Reds, 1991), and Freddie Patek (Angels, 1980). The Atlanta infielder had hit only 39 homers in the past six seasons.
1993 Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the first and only major leaguer to hit Baltimore’s B&O Warehouse on the fly. The Mariner outfielder launches the estimated 460-foot shot during the All-Star Game Home Run Derby contest at Camden Yards.
1994 At the Pirates’ Three Rivers Stadium, the National League ends its record six-game Mid- Summer Classic slump when Tony Gwynn scores on Moises Alou’s double in the tenth inning, giving the Senior Circuit an 8-7 victory. Fred McGriff is named MVP, earning the honor with his dramatic two-run home run off Lee Smith that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
1995 In a scene reminiscent to yesteryear, the first basemen leave their mitt in the field between innings throughout Montreal’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs. The Expos’ first baseman David Segui is really sharing his glove with Chicago’s Mark Grace, whose equipment did not arrive at Olympic Stadium, due to a shipping error.
1997 Roger Clemens, pitching in Fenway for the first time as an opponent, strikes out sixteen when the Blue Jays defeat Boston, 3-1. During the game, 34 year-old right-hander appears to be continually glaring into the general manager’s suite at Dan Duquette, in response to the GM’s remarks during last year’s contentious negotiations that he hoped to keep the Rocket in Boston during the ‘twilight’ of his career.
1997 In front of a full house at Three Rivers Stadium on Jackie Robinson Night, two Pirates pitchers throw the first extra-inning combined no-hitter in big-league history. Ricardo Rincon takes over in the tenth inning to preserve starter Francisco Cordova’s effort, getting the win when Mark Smith pinch-hits a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.
1998 Mark McGwire becomes the second player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues. The Cardinals’ first baseman, who accomplished the feat three times with the A’s, joins Darrell Evans, who hit 41 with the Braves (1973) and 40 with the Tigers (1985).
1999 At Fenway Park, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. wins the 14th annual Home Run Derby, a feat he also accomplished in 1994 and 1998. Eliminated after the second of three rounds, the Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire hits a then-record 13 round-trippers in the first round, including a 488-foot blast that clears the Green Monster, the street, and a parking garage before hitting a billboard above the train tracks.
2000 In a six-player deal, the Reds trade Denny Neagle (8-2, 3.52) and outfielder Mike Frank to the Yankees for minor league third baseman Drew Henson, outfielder Jackson Melian, and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall.
2000 The Phillies send hurler Andy Ashby to the Braves for pitcher Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting. Atlanta gets the better of the midseason deal when Ashby wins eight games for his new club, compared to only three victories posted by Chen and none for Osting, who will never make the parent club.
2005 At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round, and the total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41 dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, representing Venezuela in the event’s new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, adds six more in the second round, and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.
2005 During the All-Star Game Town Hall discussion, Bud Selig, believing the designated hitter is a big part of the game, states the rule will remain in use for the foreseeable future. However, the commissioner makes it clear the National League will never adopt the 1973 addition to the American League rule book.
2006 The offensively-challenged Astros obtained Aubrey Huff from the Devil Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects, RHP Mitch Talbot and infielder Ben Zobrist and cash. The team hopes the 30 year-old third baseman can provide some pop in the Houston lineup, presently for the worst batting average in the league.
2009 The Red Sox dedicate the center-field flagpole to Dom DiMaggio by raising a banner just below the stars and stripes with the former center fielder’s name. After the ceremony, his widow, Emily, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Fenway Park contest against Kansas City.
2011 A half-hour after the Midsummer Classic is completed, the Mets send former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. K-Rod, an outstanding closer for the Mets and Angels, will be used primarily as a set-up man for Milwaukee’s John Axford.
2019 On the day before what would have been her son Tyler’s 28th birthday, Debbie Skaggs throws a perfect ceremonial first pitch with his teammates wearing jersey #45 in honor of the left-hander, who was found dead in the Angels’ hotel in Southlake (TX) on July 1. LA starter Taylor Cole (2) and reliever Felix Pena (7) combine to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history in the team’s 13-0 victory over the Mariners before the players removed their jerseys, one by one, spreading them over the mound, covering the bump in crimson.
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|Tampa Bay||53||37||.589||1.5||28 – 17||25 – 20||24 – 14||8 – 4||13 – 15||6 – 4||L 1|
|Toronto||45||42||.517||8||19 – 20||26 – 22||21 – 22||4 – 6||7 – 12||4 – 6||W 1|
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|Baltimore||28||61||.315||26||13 – 30||15 – 31||11 – 24||4 – 16||11 – 14||3 – 7||L 4|
|Chi White Sox||54||35||.607||–||31 – 14||23 – 21||13 – 7||30 – 15||7 – 10||7 – 3||W 5|
|Cleveland||45||42||.517||8||24 – 19||21 – 23||7 – 10||26 – 16||5 – 9||3 – 7||W 3|
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|Seattle||48||43||.527||7||29 – 20||19 – 23||13 – 8||12 – 13||19 – 14||6 – 4||L 1|
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|Orlando City SC||12||6||3||3||20||12||8||3-2-1||3-1-2||21|
|New York City FC||11||5||2||4||19||13||6||3-1-2||2-1-2||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||12||5||3||4||15||12||3||3-2-1||2-1-3||18|
|Real Salt Lake||11||4||4||3||18||12||6||2-3-2||2-1-1||16|
|Connecticut Sun||14||6||.700||—||8-1||6-5||9-3||6-4||2 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||10||.500||4.0||3-6||7-4||8-4||7-3||2 L|
|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|